Let's Talk with Debra H. Goldstein
Deadlines and Delay
Sometimes, though, it simply can’t be done. A family crisis, personal illness (can you spell Covid), mechanical failure of the printer or computer, or “the dog ate my homework” can disrupt the best intentions. Any of these things are understandable and, in most instances, forgivable. But what happens when the blame for the delay rests squarely on an author’s shoulders because of playing too much solitaire or allowing other mindless pursuits or frolics to detract from the final goal?
In life, delays result in consequences, but there often is an acceptable workaround. Publishing is different.
Publishers work on tight schedules to bring a book out on a certain date. They establish guidelines or time constraints for their authors. Although there may be some wiggle room worked in, the failure to write a book or return proofs in accordance with the signed contract not only reflects negatively on the author but may also result in the book being significantly delayed or not published because of the publisher’s commitment of resources to other authors. Publishers will not disrupt the flow of their calendar year for an errant writer.
So, why, except in exceptional cases, do authors delay? It may be hating the work in progress, lack of confidence when comparing one’s skills to others, a deficit in executive function/organization, or pure laziness. It doesn’t really matter. A person is judged by one’s work and work ethic. Do you agree?
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